It's great that video game avatars are becoming ever more diverse – but if you're developing a serious crush on one, maybe consider a new hobby.
Ok, so the original Guardian Article is not that bad, and is actually less about feeling "real love" for video game characters, and more about how many female video game characters are out there who are more than just "tits and ass" - with guns. Basically how many female video game characters are holisticlally designed without sexualisation. How many are designed to be independent and intelligent - without the feminist overtones. There are very few that are not treated as sexualised damsels who are either mad, bad or sad. I think some of the best devs for depicting well rounded non-sexualised female characters in games are Bioware, and Naughty Dog. Characters like Liara T'soni (Mass Effect) and Cassandra Penteghast (Dragon Age). Or Cloe/Eleana (Uncharted) and Ellie (TLOU). I have to confess though, I still have a massive crush on Liara.
You have a massive crush on a blue alien with a bobbly head :P
lmfao that's sad he has a cruah on a alien in a videogame lmaoooo
Guilty here! That at Tali lol!
Cloe was sexualized. Not as blatant but the camera was always on her ass
Well that's why they made it so big. ;)
So it's ok for all the male characters to be mad, bad, emotionally stunted brick, but when a female is mad or bad, it's (implied) sexism? News flash people: most interesting characters are either mad,bad, or sad because it makes them interesting CHARACTERS. This applies to any character whether they are men, women, cats, dogs, Elite, Worms, Greek gods or whatever. It's story telling 101.
The argument is not that it is ok for men to be "mad. bad or sad". It is that becasue we have such a large pool of male characters, you have lots of examples of male game characters that are very well written, rounded characers. The same cannot be said for the female counter part - who are usually just sexualised... becasue you know.. "guys love sexualised women" so what's wrong with that!!!!
@Mike No, it means people ignore the examples that are out there to make the arguments that you are making. Why they ignore these examples I dunno. It would seem shining a light on the good ones would only serve to promote the existence of even more of them...just like when well written male characters are talked favorably upon, and then other devs strive to match or exceed that. In this matter, you either focus on the negative, or the positive, but do yourself a favor and leave the sexism out of it.
It should be like this: It’s Natural to Feel Real Love for a Video Game Character. And that's that. I'm not the first nor the last, so...
I love Riley from CoD:ghosts.
I've felt that way going to anime conventions at times.:)
This article is stupid. It's not "objectifying" women to be attracted to them for God' s sake, wake up you politically correct sheep.
Im not sure how many people have played Pandora's tower, but i really felt connected to Elena from that game. She's afflicted with a curse and you have to feed her the hearts of beasts so she can live. While you're gone she busies herself with making the house look nice, trying to cook, etc. At a certain point you realize the flesh is turning her into something else but you have to bring her the flesh to prolong her life. Very loving, tragic character. Love takes a lot of forms. I dont think its wrong to get attached to a character in a game. If you have a body pillow of them, well...
Wasn't Fifty Shades of Grey written by a woman? A story about a helpless female who is some kind of sex slave to a male who she is dependant on, as far as I could tell, I didn't read the whole thing because it was atrocious. Oh but it was written by a woman so it's fine. /s -_-
Don't forget about twilight. One of the most generic female characters ever created, with no real will of her own, torn between her desire for two sexually objectified male characters. I could dismiss this as teen romance drivel, but it became incredibly popular among women...just like FSOG. Most guys were like WTF is this crap when dragged to the movie with their girlfriend, but didn't go out to complain about the sexualization of male characters in movies...which happens about as much as it does with women in movies. After all, producers want women to spend their money to see it too. What other reason would there be for so many women liking the fast and the furious if not for Vin Diesel.
Life is plain weird. Don't see the sense in getting more up in arms about this than anything else going on in the world.
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